Alfaro’s walk-off gives the Marlins the win in extra innings 7-6

Miguel Rojas (left) of the Miami Marlins gives Jorge Alfaro (right) the water works after belting the game winning walk off home run on Sat Apr 17, 2021 at Miami (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

The once reliable San Francisco Giants does not seem so reliable right about now, as for the second straight game, they were unable to hold to the lead.

Jorge Alfaro hit a two-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning, helping the Miami Marlins to a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Giants at loanDepot Park.

Alfaros double off of losing pitcher Jarlin Garcia got by left fielder Austin Slater, who was able to recover to get the ball to the plate; however, it was too late, as Jazz Chisholm, Jr., and former Giants infielder/outfielder Adam Duvall both cross the plate to give the Marlins their second come-from-behind victory in as many nights.

The Giants took the lead in the top of the 10th inning, as Brandon Belt doubled to right-center field to score Slater with the tie-breaking run and pinch-hitter Anthony DeSclafani, who bunted into a Fielders Choice stopped at third.

Slater, who was on second base when the top of the 10th inning easily scored from third, as he got there when Donovan Solano picked up his second hit in as many at-bats; however, Slater was forced to stop at third base due to the arm of Starling Marte.

Duvall gave the Marlins the lead in the bottom of the first inning, as he tripled to center field that scored Marte.

That would be the score when Jesus Aguilar doubled to score Marte and Corey Dickerson, who went 4-for-6 on the evening against Giants pitching.

The Giants finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning, as they scored five runs to take a 5-3 lead.

Belt got the rally started, as he hit a solo home run to get the Giants on the board. Brandon Crawford drove in the second run, as he singled to score Evan Longoria.

Slater then gave the Giants the final three runs of the inning, as he slammed a three-run home run to centerfield to score both Crawford and Buster Posey.

That would be the score in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Alfaro singled to center to score Chisholm, Jr. and sent pinch runner Magneuris Sierra to second base.

Marte then tied up the game when he singled to score Sierra from second game and send the game into extra innings.

Aguilar made a sensational play at first base to end the top of the 10th inning, as he dug the ball out of the dirt and into his bare hand. Chisholm was able to stab the ball, as he dove to the turf on the ball hit by Mauricio Dubon.

Aaron Sanchez went just 4.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking three and striking out five.

Sandy Alcantara went 6.2 innings for the Marlins, allowing four runs on six hits, not allowing a walk and striking out seven.

NOTES: With the loss, the Giants streak of winning series comes to a halt at three, as they lost their first series since the opening series against the Seattle Mariners.

Both Tyler Beede and John Brebbia threw at the alternate site in Sacramento, as both of them recover from Tommy John surgery.

UP NEXT: Alex Wood makes his Giants debut on Sunday afternoon, as he takes the mound against the Marlins, who will send right-hander Pablo Lopez to the hill.

Starters and bullpen do it again Irvin and relievers shutout Tigers 7-0

The Oakland A’s starter Cole Irvin throws to the Detroit Tigers at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Apr 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

Detroit 0 – 5 – 0

Oakland 7 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Last night’s game was good news for Athletics fans. The team also had some good off field news. Stephen Piscotty went on on paternity leave. We shall miss him in the outfield. We shall miss him at the bat. But he and MLB have their priorities straight here, and let’s honor them for that.

Taking Piscotty’s place on the roster was Vimael Machín, the versatile rule 5 pick from 2020, who spelled Jed Lowrie at second this afternoon. He can play all positions except pitcher and catcher

Starting on the mound, hoping to extend the A’s six game winning streak, was left handed Cole Irvin, hoping to improve on his 0-2,7.45 record with the A’s this season. He brought with him to the mound a four game losing streak, dating back to May 22 of 2019. His last win had occurred five days earlier. He was with the Phillies back then.

Irvin’s counterpart for the Tigers, the right handed Casey Mize—a baseball name if ever there was one—presented more formidable numbers, 1-0,0.82). He throws very effective heat. In his seven games as a rookie last year, his opponents managed to squeak out a batting average of .136 against that pitch.

Of course, the 22 at bats on which that figure was calculated is not a convincing sample size. Still, forewarned is forearmed, especially if we’re talking about four seamers. By the way, Mize was the number one overall pick in 2018 draft.

For all that, the Athletics jumped off to an early lead in their half of the first when Matt Olson delivered a 96 mph four seamer deep into the right field stands. Matt Chapman followed that with a triple that almost left the park but bounded off the Southwest Airlines sign just to the left of the 367 foot marker. Those booming shots had come with two outs, so Mitch Moreland’s grounder to shortstop Willi Castro, playing in the shift, ended the threat,

The A’s kept pouring it on in the second episode. With two down, Machín celebrated his return to the show by singling to left. Aramis García then blasted a 3-2 slider into the State Farm advertisement between the 362 and 388 feet signs in left center field for his first home run as an A. Mark Canha cleared that sign on the next pitch, putting Oakland on top, 4-0. It was his third dinger of the season.

The Tigers seemed ready to pounce back into the game in the top of the fifth. With two men out, their number nine hitter, JaCoby Jones, hit a single to right, followed by Robbie Grossman’s seeing eye safety to left. Both men moved up on a wild pitch during Niko Goodrum’s AB, a ball that brought the count to 3-2. Irvin got him on a called third strike, a 93 mph sinker.

Oakland tacked on another run in the fifth when Chapman beat out the relay on an 4-6-3 double play attempt that brought Canha, who’d been hit by a pitch and reached third on an Olson single, home with the home team’s fifth tally.

Mize set the A’s down in order in the fifth, and that ended his work day. He had allowed five runs, all earned, on seven hits, two of them for the distance. He struck out four with no walks but two hit batters. 63 of his 95 offerings either were in the strike zone or swung at. His replacement was Daniel Norris, who allowed a hit but nothing else, in his one-inning stint, followed in the seventh by Joe Jiménez.

Bob Melvin removed Irvin, who had pitched admirably, after his sixth shutout inning. His balance sheet included four hits against six Ks with nary a walk, although he did hit one batter. He threw 93 pitches, of which only 30 were balls and was in line for the win when J.B.Wendelken replaced him.

Wendelken did well in relief for Irvin, setting Detroit down with only one baserunner, but Jiménez issued enough walks to allow two runs without a hit or error. The second of those runs was charged to Alex Lange, whose first pitch, with the bases filled with inherited runners, was wild.

Still, he got the third the third out in the seventh, and Detroit escaped further damage, as if their hosts hadn’t already inflicted enough of that on them. Lange remained in the game, closing the A’s out in the eighth.

Wendelken and Deolis Guerra pitched an inning each, and they were sharp and effective, Guerra especially so, dispensing with the top of the Detroit lineup 1-2-3 on a dozen pitches, including a strike out. Jordan Weems closed the books on the Tigers in the ninth.

The win went to Irvin. He’s now 1-2, 4.60. Mize took the loss, which left record his record at 1-1, 3.38.

Two shutouts in a row. Who’da thunk it?z

The series closes tomorrow, with game time at 1:07. The probable starters are Chris Bassitt (1-2, 4.96) for the A’s and Matthew Boyd (2-1, 1.86) for Detroit.

Montas and A’s bullpen keep Tigers off the scoreboard 3-0

The Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas threw six innings of shutout ball before the bullpen took over against the Detroit Tigers at the Oakland Coliseum Fri Apr 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

Detroit. 0 – 4 – 0

Oakland 3 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Two weeks into the season, it’s early, but maybe not too early to look at how the teams in the AL West are stacking up.

Only two games separated the four teams as they went into play today. That, in itself, isn’t particularly surprising. What is noteworthy is the pecking order of the quartet. Seattle sits on top at 6-4, followed, in order, by the Angels, Astros, and, in a tie, the Rangers and A’s.

Oakland’s numbers for the fortnight are not encouraging, but there are some encouraging statistics besides the green and gold’s six wins, five of them consecutive, in the last seven games. In that period they went from a scoring deficit of 37 runs a surplus of 15, only a smidgin over two runs a game, but still a good sign. Unfortunately, you have to balance that against a two week (and too weak) BA of .213, although the lineup has hit at a ,275 clip over the past five games,which includes a couple played under National League rules.

The A’s mound staff reduced its collective ERA by half, going from 8.00 in the first six games to 4.00 in the following seven tilts. Nonetheless, their ERA for all 13 games came out to 5.85, considerably higher than any other team’s in the majors. Their opponents hit a staggering .321 of the first half dozen encounters. They were to held to .237 between then and Frankie Montás´s first pitch at 6:42 this evening.

He held the Tigers scoreless on one hit for four innings, while his oppposite number, José Ureña, held the A’s to those same anemic digits over three and a third frames. But, then Oakland’s bats awoke, After a walk to speed demon Ramón Laureano, who advanced to second on Matt Olson’s infield single to third, Matt Moreland drove the A’s center fielder home with the game’s first run on a single to right center that sent Olson to third, from where he scored on Sean Muprhy’s double down the left field line. A walk to Seth Brown loaded the bases, giving Elvis Andrus a chance to blow the game open. But there were two down, and Andrus’s fly to left center ended the threat.

When Montás wound up his sixth inning of mound labors, with an even hundred pitches, 66 of which were strikes, he had blanked the Tigers on two hits. He struck out seven and walked only one. He was in line for the win, which he got, bringing his record to 2-1, 4.91. Yusmeiro Petit, his replacement, preserved the lead through the seventh, giving up a hit and getting a punch out, before giving way to Jake Diekman at the start of the eighth. Diekman sent Detroit down in order.

After throwing 96 pitches, 64 for strikes, Tiger skipper A.J. Hinch removed Ureña in favor of Derek Holland. The Dominican righty had pitched an excellent game and deserved a better outcome. He had scattered seven hits and allowed two walks over his seven inning stint.

In his one-inning appearance, Ureña’s replacement, Derek Holland, gave up the A’s only home run of the evening, a towering solo blast to center that went for Chapman’s third round tripper of the year.

Lou Trivino closed the Tigers down in the ninth to earn the save and bring the A’s to the club house with a .500 winning percentage.

Tomorrow afternoon, Cole Irvin (0-2,7.45) fill face the Tigers, whose starter will bee Casey Mize (1-0,0.82). Game time is 1:07.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants depending on pitching from Wood and Webb; SF opens up tonight in Miami

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler (left) checks on starter Johnny Cueto (right) who told Kapler he couldn’t go any further after experiencing pain in the sixth inning of Wed Apr 14, 2021 game at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Micahel:

#1 San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto who suffered lat tightness in his pitching arm after going 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday afternoon.

#2 Cueto threw a 93 MPH fastball in the top of the sixth to Cincinnati Reds hitter Nicholas Castellanos felt extra pain and gestured across his throat with his finger he was done for the afternoon.

#3 Michael, tell us about pitcher Alex Wood who now steps into the rotation. Wood last month was on the injured list with a spinal ablation is scheduled to start on Sunday in Miami.

#4 Michael, talk about Logan Webb moving into the bullpen and having a right handed pitcher in a mostly left handed bullpen.

#5 The Giants are coming off a day off and open up a three game series in Miami tonight. Starting for the Giants Anthony DeSclafani (1-0 ERA 0,82) and for the Marlins Daniel Castano (0-0 ERA 0.00) the Marlins are on a three game win streak.

Join Michael for the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Four run sixth boosts A’s in four run win 8-4 over Tigers

The Oakland A’s Matt Chapman connects for a two run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum part of a four run inning against the Detroit Tigers on Thu Apr 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

Detroit. 4 – 9 – 2

Oakland. 8 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–April 15th, the traditional opening day for major league baseball when it consisted of two eight team leagues, playing a schedule of 154 games, 22 against each of their intra league rivals, 11 at home and 11 on the road. No inter-league games (except for exhibitions like city series or games against farm clubs on stop offs along the railroad routes that took the teams to and from as far from each other as Boston and St. Louis). It was a different game then, almost as different as today’s game is from the one we knew last year and the one we knew then differed from how the game was played in 2019.

But on April 15, 1947, the game changed more profoundly than on any other April 15, more than any other specific day in baseball history. Jackie Robinson became the first Black American to play in a Major League baseball game since Moses Fleetwood Walker was released by the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association on September 22, 1884.

Of course, it’s not completely clear that Robinson was, indeed, the only Black major leaguer during that long and shameful period. Several mixed race Latinos made it to the show, men whose skin was light enough for them just barely to pass for white when it suited their employers but still allowed the players to be subjected to insults and indignities, bean balls, and high spikes because of the tone of their skin, their facial structure, or the tightness of their hair. Roberto “Tarzan” Estalella, an outfielder for the Washington Senators, ex-Giants’ catcher Bobby Estalella’s grandfather, was one of them. And there were numerous Native Americans whose DNA would have precluded participation in the national pastime if testing had been available then. (Of course, the number of people with exclusively white DNA is, for all intents and purposes, zero).

So whether Jackie Robinson was the first Black person to play in the major leagues, April 15, 1947, marks a before and after. Baseball—and America—had changed, and Jackie Robinson had changed it.

Since 2004 Major League Baseball, for reasons that were not purely cynical and yet not entirely uncynical, has celebrated that change by declaring that all players wear number 42 on April 15. I never liked that decision. As a practical matter, it’s difficult to tell who’s who when everyone has the same number. It’s ironic that one of the contriubtions the Negro Leagues made to the game was to place identifying numbers on each player’s back.

But my objection went further than the confusion caused by uniform uniform backs. If everyone is number 42, no one is number 42. Then I realized that, although just about every baseball fan knows about the abuse that Robinson continually suffered, relatively few have experienced or can even imagine what it was like.

I would guess that no white male can. So, even if no one is number 42, seeing today’s players wearing Robinson’s number and realizing that they are not Robinson, may just make them, and us, aware of the immensity of the gulf that separates us and the players we watch today, on the one hand, and Robinson, on the other. between the distance that separates us from him and in so doing lessen that distance somewhat.

And, even if it wasn’t Jackie Robinson who integrated twentieth century baseball, the generations of other Black players, those who were excluded because of their race as well as those who disguised it, also are number 42, and we have a chance to recognize them and their achievements and the injustices they suffered.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a complex and contradictory person. He and his achievement stand for more than just one person (or one just person) and just one cause (or one just cause). Jackie Robinson Day should not be a cause of self-congratulation or platitudes, but a day of humble recognition of the injustices people like us have participated in, sometimes and some of us as victims; others, as resisters; and yet others, as beneficiaries. And, finally, at others, in a combination of all those roles.

So much for the pre-game show.

The Tigers, at 6-6, and the A’s, at 5-7, came into the four game series that opened tonight trying to scratch their way towards emerging from the set with a winning record . The visitors arrived, fresh from a three game sweep of the Astros in Houston, where the felines had scored at least a half a dozen runs in every game.

In the first couple of games, Detroit owed 12 of the 14 runs they scored to home runs. Last night, they managed to score six without a single round tripper. Like the A’s, the Tigers have a contingent of players of the injured list. Two of them are position players, Miguel Cabrera and Nomar Mazara. They’re joined by pitchers Rony García and Julio Teheran, both righties.

Detroit sent their promising sophomore, Hayward native Tarik Skubal to the mound for his first appearance against Oakland. He was impressive last year, in spite of his won-lost record of 2-4 and ERA of 5.63. Standing against those not preposeszsing numbers are the six innings he hurled against the Twins, in which he gave up only one run and two hits, combined with two walks and six strikeouts.

Brandon Day of SB Nation reports that the lefty’s fastball and slider’s spin rates have declined noticeable this year and that these pitches are not as effective now as they were then. That decline in effectiveness is reflected in his 0-1, 7.71 figures for 2021.

The A’s, coming off a 2-1 series win over the high flying Astros and a 2-0 sweep of earthbound Diamondbacks, are beginning to strut their stuff. To night’s starting pitcher, Sean Manea, like Skubal, is having trouble regaining his previous form. He entered his 100th major league game with a record of 0-1, 5.06. He’s 39-32, 3.87 lifetime, with a record against Detroit of 2-1-2.84 (1-0, 3.00 in the Coliseum).

Those are based, however, on a small sample size of only 19 innings pitched. After a disaster of a start on April 6, in which he surrendered five earned runs in 4-2/3 to the Astros at the Coliseum, He pitched better in his second and most recent outing, allowing only one run, which was earned, over six innings of work against the ‘stros in Houston five days later.

Oakland’s injured list exceeds Detroits by 50% and consists of Mike Fiers, Reymin Guduan, Chad Pinder, A.J. Puk, Trevor Rosenthal, and Burch Smith).

Both pitchers handled their opponents with ease through two and a half’innings, although the A´s got good wood on the ball in the bottom of the second. Matt Chapman was the victim of a lovely leaping catch just in front of the Kaiser Permante sign in right center, and Matt Olson also saw his hard hit fly to the center field warning track fall for an out.

Both were corralled by center fielder JaCoby Jones. Oakland´s near misses ended when Stephen Piscotty led off the home third by taking a 2-2 Skubal 88 mph slider deep to left for the game’s first tally. But the Tiger from Hayward set down the next two Oaklanders on disputed called third strike calls by home plate umpire Ted Barrett. Mark Canha received an (undisputed) base on balls and advanced to second on Lowrie’s single to left. Short stop Willi Castro bobbled Laureano’s bouncer just to the left of second, loading the bases with Athletics. But Skubal wiggled off the hook by striking out Chapman, who swung and missed, on a full count 94 mph four seamer.

The Tigers quickly evened the score. With one down in thetop of the fourth Jeimir Candelario took advantage of the A’s shift and punched a single to right. After Manaea struck out Renato Núñez, Willi Castro lifted a fly down the right field line. It just barely raised chalk, as shown by the subsequent video review, fell for a double. Manaea retired the side on an innocent pop up to first by Jonathan Schoop. Oh, those missed opportunities!

But the Tigers were generous, and they gave thelead back to their hosts. Olson walked and reached third when Candelario overthrew first on Murphy´s grounder. The A’s catcher took second on the play. Olson ñwescored and Murphy advanced to third on Andrus’s sacrifice fly to surprisingly shallow right field, It looked as if Oakland might forge ahead they loaded the bases with walks to Kemp and Canha, but Lowrie’s warning track fly to center closed the book on the inning.

No one was surprised when Skkubal was removed after throwing 88 pitches (46 of them strikes). He had worked only four innings to reach those totals and had surrendered two hits and four walks. One of the two runs he allowed was earned. He struck out five. He would get the loss.

Skubal’s replacement in the bottom the fifth, Farmer, struck out Laureano and Chapman before allowing a towering home run over the right center field State Farm sign to Olson, his second of the year, to give the A’s a 3-1 advantage.

That advantage shrank to 3-2 when Niko Goodrum led off the sixth by blasting a 2-1 pitch over the center field wall for his first homer of the season.

Joe Jiménez took over mound duties for Detroit in the bottom of the frame. That´s a way of putting it, What he did was walk the bases loaded while striking out one man, Tony Kemp, before giving way to Alex Lange, who was tasked with dealing with Laureano in that dangerous situation.

He dealt with the A’s centerfilelder by walking him. That brought up Chapman, who promptly doubled in Canha and Lowrie and advancing Laureano to 90 feet from home. A 3-2 walk to Olson reloaded the bases, and Lange was gone, replaced by Tyler Alexander, sporting a 12.27 ERA. He walked Murphy, and it was 7-2 with the bases still FOA, full of Athletics. Jiménez had managed to give up three earned runs on no hits in a third of an inning, One run was charged to Lange and non were charged to Alexander until the eighth when he let the score against the Tigers rise to 8-2. He stayed in the game to the bitter end

Yusmeiro Petite pitched a perfect seventh in relief of Manaea, who would get the win. The A’s southpaw pitched a full six innings, throwing 82 pitches, 58 for strikes, two runs he allowed were earned, but his ERA still went downto 4.32. He gave up five hits, one for the distance and struck out seven.

Then JB Wendelken did some mopping up in the eighth. He allowed a walk and a single without letting any Tigers cross the plate. Sergio Romo closed it out inelegantly for the home team, giving up a double to Núñez, a triple to Willi Castro, and a sacrifice fly to Schoop, allowing two runs. He also gave up a single to pinch hitter Sergio Castro.

Tomorrow will see Casey Mize (1-0, 0.82) take for the visitors against Cole Ervin (0-2, 7.45). I wouldn’t recommend that the A’s rest on their laurels.

After day off, Giants head east to face Marlins, Phillies

San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto left the game complaining of pain in his pitching arm sharp lat tightness in the top of the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Wed Apr 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, April 15, 2021

After a successful homestand, the San Francisco Giants take Thursday off before embarking on an eastern road trip to Miami and Philadelphia.

The Giants went 5-1 by sweeping Colorado in three games and taking two of three from Cincinnati. On Wednesday, Johnny Cueto picked up his second win while lowering his ERA to 1.80, and Jake McGee earned his sixth save, as San Francisco pulled into second place in the National League West, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games.

San Francisco is 7-3 in its last 10 games, while the Marlins (5-6) are 5-5 in their last 10 outings, including a three-game sweep of Atlanta, and are in third place in the NL East.

Probable starters for the Giants in the Miami series are Anthony DeSclafani (1-0, 0.82) on Friday, Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.70) on Saturday and Alex Wood (0-0, 0.00) makes his first start of the season on Sunday after being activated off the injured list (lower back stiffness).

Pitching is getting the job done for San Francisco – the Giants have the second-best earned run average in MLB (2.78) and sixth in WHIP (1.07). Donovan Solano leads the Giants with a .353 average, Evan Longoria is hitting .316 with four home runs, Longoria and Brandon Crawford each have eight runs batted in.

Presently, the Giants have two players on the 10-day IL – LaMonte Wade Jr. (strained left oblique) and Reyes Moronta (strained right flexor mass).

Start times (Pacific Daylight Time) for the Miami series are 4:10 p.m. on Friday, 3:10 p.m. on Saturday and 10:10 a.m. on Sunday.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s open up four game series against Tigers

Oakland A’s lefthander Sean Manaea will start against the Detroit Tigers tonight to begin the first of a four game series at the Oakland Coliseum is seen here pitching to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sep 23, 2020 (AP file photo)

#1 Jerry, How much of a concern should the A’s (5-7) have right now about starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo, Luzardo went 2.2 innings giving up six hits and five runs before being lifted in the third against the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-8) on Tuesday night.

#2 After Luzardo was lifted the A’s bullpen came through six pitchers powered through the D-Backs line up and held Arizona to just two runs from the third inning going forward for the win.

#3 Jed Lowrie was the number one star on Tuesday night after hitting a three run home run to tie the ball game up in the top of the seventh 5-5.

#4 The A’s picked up go ahead runs in the eighth and ninth innings and came away with a 7-5 win their offense has also bailed them out of some close games.

#5 The A’s had the day off on Wednesday and are back to work tonight to open a four game series with the Detroit Tigers (6-6). The Tigers are coming off a four game losing streak which included getting swept by Cleveland and have turned it around with a three game win streak against the Houston Astros. The Tigers will start LHP Tarik Skubal (0-1 ERA 7.71) he’ll be matched up against the A’s Sean Manaea (0-1 ERA 5.06) at the Coliseum tonight at 6:40p.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Multifaceted Giants better than high-powered Reds again, win 3-0

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Johnny Cueto left early, but the Giants’ bullpen made sure their veteran starter was covered late in their 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

The win capped a 5-1 homestand for the Giants, with their surprising relievers getting the better of the Reds’ high-powered offense in high leverage situations for the second, straight day.

Cueto pitched into the sixth inning, but motioned to catcher Curt Casali that he couldn’t continue after striking out Nick Castellanos. Prior to that moment, Cueto cruised, allowing three hits and no walks with four strikeouts. The 35-year old veteran was diagnosed with tightness in his lat, and examined after the game to determine if he’ll miss any starts.

“It felt like he was doing fine,” Casali said of Cueto. “He might have maybe tweaked something compensating for another part of his body. You never want to see that, especially when he’s cruising like that. Hopefully he doesn’t have to miss a start, and if he does, hopefully it’s not too, too long.”

“We all had visions in the dugout of that being another deep-into-the-game Johnny Cueto start,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He just looked outstanding and totally in control.”  

The Reds, however, saw more than enough of Cueto, who picked up the win, and shutdown the best offense in baseball through the season’s first two weeks in the process.

I’m confident that we’re not going to have too many games like that with our offense,” Reds manager David Bell said. “At the same time, you have to give credit to Johnny Cueto. We’ve all seen him for a long time. I thought he was outstanding.”

Austin Slater doubled home Brandon Crawford in the fifth inning, then took third on a passed ball. Casali’s sharply hit ground ball was fielded cleanly by Eugenio Suarez, but his throw to plate was too late to catch the sliding Slater.

In the eighth, the Giants added on with Maurice Dubon’s RBI single which was actually a catchable pop fly that bounced out of Jonathan India’s glove allowing Evan Longoria to score from second base.

The Reds homered twice in Monday’s series opener, and twice more in the first inning on Tuesday, but Giants’ pitching shut them down after that with the bullpen coming up big both days.

In the eighth, after Jonathan India drew a leadoff walk, Tyler Rogers induced a double play ground ball from Tyler Stephenson. And in the ninth, closer Jake McGee allowed a base hit to Joey Votto, but struck out Eugenio Suarez on three pitches to end it while picking up his Major League-leading sixth save.

The Giants travel back east on Thursday before opening a three-game series in Miami on Friday night. Anthony DeSclafani will start for the Giants, while the Marlins have yet to name a starter for the 4:10pm start.

A’s to face Tigers, Twins in upcoming homestead

Oakland A’s starter Jesus Luzardo throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of Tue Apr 13, 2021 game at Chase Field in Phoenix (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Oakland Athletics have the day off on Wednesday, following a successful two-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in an interleague series in Phoenix.

Starting Thursday, the A’s begin a seven-game homestand at the Coliseum, hosting the Detroit Tigers (April 15-18) and the Minnesota Twins (April 19-21).

In the Tigers series, Oakland will start Sean Manaea (0-1, 5.06) on Thursday, followed by Frankie Montas (1-1, 8,31), Cole Irvin (0-2, 7.45) and Chris Bassitt (1-2, 4.96).

After a rough start, Oakland has improved to 5-7 overall, trailing the Los Angeles Angels by two games in the American League West. Their overall numbers – 27th in MLB in team batting average (.211), 16th in runs (48), 30th in team ERA (6.00), and 29th in WHIP (1.56).

On the injured list, the A’s have five on the 10-day list – LHP Reymin Guduan (sprained left thumb), LHP A.J. Puk (strained left biceps), INF-OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee), RHP Burch Smith (strained right groin), and RHP Mike Fiers (lumbar strain).

On Thursday, the Athletics will join other MLB teams in honoring Jackie Robinson Day by having all players wear No. 42. The A’s, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, will give away co-branded masks to early arriving fans on Saturday and Sunday. Game time for the weekend games is 1:07 p.m

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: What would Jackie Robinson say today? -About Baseball

Jackie Robinson Day will acknowledge the Brooklyn Dodgers pioneer who broke the color line in Major League Baseball in 1947 (image by the Philadelphia Tribune)

What would Jackie Robinson say today? -About Baseball

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

April 15, 2021 will be the 74th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color-barrier and playing with the major league Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. But what would Robinson say today, about today’s game? His answers, I would leave to your imagination.

1-For starters, Jackie Robinson stole home 19 times. That is not taking into consideration that in the first game of the 1955 World Series, Sept. 27, 1955 against the Yankees, he stole home. Today a straight steal of home is not what you will see in any game. Maybe your chances of winning the Lotto are greater than witnessing the daring play, in person, listening to radio or watching television.

2-Jackie Robinson ended his 10-year major league career with a combined .311 average. We all know that the batting average is not the thing now in the game of baseball. It is all about Launch Angle, which is the vertical angle at which the ball leaves the bat, after it is hit. You will need to find a professor at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), to explain that in more detail.

3-During his ten year career Robinson earned a total of $296,000 in salary. In today’s game that is around $3 million. At the start of this 2021 a rookie salary in the major leagues is $570,500. Let’s take it to the extreme. In March 2019, LA Angels Mike Trout signed a contract extension for $426.5 million dollars and for 30 years.

This year Trout makes $36 million, the equivalent of $222.222 per game, that means in one (1) game Trout makes almost as much as Jackie Robinson made in his 10-year career in salary. However, some perspective about entertaining, and baseball is part of that, also in television where Judy (Judge Judy) Sheindlin makes $47 million every year in just 52 days of taping her shows. In 2016 Daniel Craig aka James Bond was given $150 million to film two more Bond movies.

4-During World War II in 1942, Robinson was drafted into the US Army and assigned to a segregated cavalry unit. In 1973 the draft ended and since then it is an all-volunteer force. Players do not have to worry about that anymore. Among those who volunteered to fight in WW II was Yogi Berra who saw action on the assault on Normandy on D-Day and Bob Feller who left a six-figure contract to join the Navy after Pearl Harbor.

5-Jackie Robinson like Roberto Clemente is revered in Latin America. Robinson Canó born in the Dominican Republic got his name because of his father José, who played briefly in the majors in 1989 and named his son Robinson name which is known thorough the world as a historical figure as well as a baseball icon.

On this anniversary of Jackie Robinson playing in the major leagues, now more than ever, we should teach our youth the importance of this iconic figure in American and world sports history. Playing baseball and reaching the major leagues is never easy and even harder back in 1947 when there were a total of 16 teams (eight in each league). Number 42 was a great baseball player, but most important, a great man and a great American.

Join Amaury PI Gonzalez the lead play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s on the Spanish radio network and on flagship station 1010 KIQI LaGrande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com